Karen Rae Hallmann, age 81, of Princeton, WI, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2020, surrounded by her family at ThedaCare Medical Center in Berlin. Karen was born on December 4, 1938, in Beaver Dam, WI, a daughter of Clemens and Elma (Roberts) Leisses. After graduating from high school, she raised her three children and worked numerous jobs before going into business with her sister, Edythe. For many years, Karen and Edythe ran Gerkes’ Korner in Beaver Dam. Karen met Dale Hallmann and moved to Neshkoro, WI. They later married on July 9, 1996. She worked for nine years at the Timbers Supper Club as a chef and prior to retiring she worked as an assistant manager at the Neshkoro Store. Karen enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes from numerous cookbooks, going to the Casino with Dale and playing cards with friends.
Those Karen leaves behind to cherish her memory include her husband, Dale Hallmann of Princeton; daughter, Gina (Tom) Toutant of Beaver Dam, WI; 2 sons, Todd (Debbie) Gerke of Tomahawk, WI, Doug (B) Gerke of Burnett, WI; 3 grandchildren, Nicole (Mark) Lont, Steven Toutant and Brandon (Ashley) Gerke all of Beaver Dam; 6 great grandchildren, Aurora Toutant, Jacob Lont, Audrey Lont, Ariana, Bella and Jordyn Gerke; sister, Gwyneth (Gart) Laue of Beaver Dam; 2 brothers, Clem (Jackie) Leisses of West Virginia, Darrell Leisses of Columbus, WI; sister-in-law, Marlene Leisses of Fond du Lac, WI; 2 brothers-in-law, Lyle Draeger of Arizona, Gerald Schoenwetter of Columbus, WI; numerous nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clemens and Elma Leisses; 2 brothers, Joaquin (Joe) Leisses, William Leisses; 3 sisters, Edythe Gerke, Dorothea (Dottie) Draeger, Ethlyn Schoenwetter; sister-in-law, Donna Leisses.
To honor Karen’s wishes there will be no services. Please visit our website www.wachholzandsons.com to send a condolence or to share a memory of Karen with her family.
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